If you have experience as a plumber, Qualify Me! can get you qualified in no time.

Attaining your plumbing licence in isn’t quite as easy as you have been led to believe. But don’t panic, you’re in the right place.

Let’s look at the steps to attaining your plumbing licence in your state or territory. You’ll soon be on your merry way to your plumbing contractor licence.

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In most states there are two levels of plumbing licences. They are:

Tradesperson certificate / Journeymans / restricted licence:

this licence allows you to work for a licensed plumbing company. You cannot sign off or work on your own; let alone start your own plumbing company.

Contractor Licence / unrestricted / unlimited:

this licence allows you to work as a contractor and start out on your own. You may also consider attaining a company licence and in turn personally applying for a qualified supervisor licence. Either way, you can go out there, market yourself and take on jobs. It’s important to note that you can only work within the plumbing work that you are licensed to do.

Required Qualifications

In order to attain your Tradesperson Certificate you will require a Certificate III in Plumbing Services. The streams you complete when you complete your qualification are the ones that will show up on your licence. Qualify Me!’s course advisors will walk you through the streams and make sure you choose the right ones.

To attain your plumbing contractor licence you require certain units to be completed from the Certificate IV in Plumbing Services qualification. These qualifications need to line up with the list of units for each stream.

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Plumbing Streams

There are a number of streams that fall under the plumbing licence. You will need to satisfy both experience and academic requirements for each stream in order to have them added onto your licence. The streams available through Qualify Me! are:

  • Water plumbing
  • Draining work
  • Gasfitting work
  • LP gasfitting work (for restricted LP gasfitting work)
  • Roof Plumbing

What about me? I’m a qualified plumber from overseas…

Even if you are fully qualified overseas, your papers and experience are pretty much useless as far as licensing in most states is concerned. You will not be able to apply for a licence directly. However from an academic perspective your papers and experience is very useful! Qualify Me! for example can assess your overseas plumbing qualifications, and your local experience and recognise your prior learning, skills and experience. Once assessed you will be trained in whatever gaps you may have, upskilled with Australian standards and regulations and awarded the relevant qualification you require for your licence. An example of common training for blokes from the UK is oxy-acetaline welding and cutting – you guys simply don’t do it over there!

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